My name is James Trower, and I was born in Brooklyn N.Y. I am ex military, and a former High School and Junior College Basketball Coach. I had the great honor of coaching along side and learning from one of the NJCAA Basketball Greats, Hall of Fame Coach Francis Flax. Together we mad three consecutive National Tournament appearances 1997-1999. In 1997 and 1998 we finished 4th. Then in 1999 we brought it home and won the schools first National Title. During that run we coached and mentored some amazing players who all earned their degrees then went on to have successful professional careers. Most notable Flint Michigan's phoneme Eddie Robinson formerly of the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls. I've also been blessed to be mentored by one of The 50 Most Inspirational Figures in NBA History Melvin Adams.
Now Before all the National Tournament runs I had to survive growing up on the rough streets of Brooklyn, where my siblings and I spent our childhood as residents of the New York City foster care system. During those years in the "system" what I called "the dark years" I was repeatedly molested and endured both physical and emotional abuse. I lived with the fear of rejection and abandonment daily, and often though thought of killing myself. I discovered basketball and used it to escape from all the negativity and abuse in my life. It wasn't until High School where I met a teacher, who saved my life. Since then I've dedicated my life to Encouraging, Inspiring, and Empowering young people to dare to do be great and to dare to dream big. I taught public high school for 16 years in and doing so started living my dream of doing for millions of kids what a teacher did for me. Now I am traveling the country sharing my story of overcoming life's obstacles, and never giving up on your dream.